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New Royal Train locomotive unveiled
Wednesday 18 February 2004  

EWS, Britain’s largest rail operator, today, Wednesday 18 February, unveiled at Toton, Nottinghamshire, the new dedicated locomotive responsible for hauling the Royal Train.

The class 67 diesel locomotive, built in 1999, is the next generation in a line of dedicated locomotives responsible for hauling the Royal Train.  It has been painted in the official Royal Train colour, Royal Claret, and is named The Queen’s Messenger.  

The £1.5 million locomotive is capable of 125mph, weighs 90 tonnes and will replace the two current dedicated class 47 locomotives responsible for hauling the Royal Train.

Wayne Buckley, EWS Team Leader at Toton, said:  “The Royal Train has had over 160 years of historic service, and I am proud to have been part of the team responsible for preparing the next generation of locomotive for the Royal Train.  The locomotive looks very impressive and we will all take great pride in seeing it on many Royal occasions in the future.”

The first Royal Train ran on 13 June 1842, transporting Queen Victoria from Slough to Paddington on a journey taking 25 minutes.

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